A few years ago, the most interactive homework help available was a telephone line staffed by local teachers. The Web has brought a whole new level of help. With interactive tutorials, informational sites on every topic imaginable and hundreds of e-mail-based help sites, students of all ages can take advantage of great homework aids online.
LibrarySpot.com's sister site, HomeworkSpot.com, is a free homework information portal that features the best K-12 homework-related sites together with engaging editorial in one high-utility, educational spot. With the help of students, parents and teachers, a team of educators, librarians and journalists has scoured the Web to bring you the best resources for English, math, science, history, art, music, technology, foreign language, college prep, health, life skills, extracurricular activities and much more. Resources are organized into grade-appropriate categories for
elementary, middle and high school.
The Internet Public Library Teen Division provides a great collection of resources geared toward upper elementary students. It covers traditional subject areas as well as reference and library topics. Resources provide great information and make nice use of the visual and interactive aspects of the Web. Some of the best projects are based on this site.
Study Web is "focusing the web for education." One can search its collection of more than 77,000 research-quality URLs or browse through 32 topics. Study Web covers a lot of subjects not addressed elsewhere, including philosophy, family science and architecture. The sites are ranked by grade, which allows students to easily find the right material for their skill level.
A site that has received some well-deserved press is B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper. B.J., a 12-year-old from New Brighton, Penn., and his dad have collected more than 570 sites and sorted them into categories. There is something for every age level. The math collection runs from A+ Math for elementary and middle school students to Real Analysis for advanced college studies.
If you're looking for a "homework helpline" type of service, the AskA+ Locator is sure to have something that fits the bill. It links to about a hundred experts who will answer questions on various topics.
Xpeditions National Geographic and MCI team up to present lesson plans, a huge interactive atlas, and a wonderful Xpedition Hall with 18 interactive activities that support National Geographic initiatives.
The Whole Brain Atlas This is a wonderful resource from Harvard. Take a tour of the brain, look at MR, CT, and Nuclear Memory /images, and view overlays of the brain to see blood flow or a variety of diseases.
Virtual Field Trips and Labs This site includes links to virtual frog dissections and more. View the human body in virtual three dimensions, visit a microbial zoo or a virtual earthquake.
Volcano World. Check out current news, video clips, games, articles and the "ask a volcanologist" feature.
Online English Grammar This is a grammar textbook in disguise. It's comprehensive, well organized and written at a level perfect for high school students.
Math Archives This site links to many other math resources on the web. It's sorted by topic and covers all levels of mathematics.
Ask Dr. Math This one is listed under the AskA+ collection, but it deserves its own entry, too. Students can email questions or look at archives sorted by topics and grade levels. This site is great for K-12.